QUETTA- Doctors boycotted the outdoor patient departments (OPDs) at all state-run and private hospitals across Balochistan on the second consecutive day Friday against the kidnapping of the Dr Ghulam Rasool Kakar.
The boycott call was given by the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochistan in the protest against the non-recovery of the kidnapped doctor. However, the doctors attended the emergency cases in government hospitals.
OPDs of all main hospitals of the provincial capital, including Helper’s Eye Hospital, Bolan Medical College Teaching Hospital, Fatima Jinnah TB Sanatorium and Government Sandeman Hospital remained closed. Similarly, the headquarter hospitals of Mastung, Kalat, Khuzdar, Dera Allahyar, Nushki, Panjgur and other major cities of Balochistan also observed a complete boycott of the OPDs, as doctors expressed solidarity with their abducted colleague.
However, the doctors on Friday announced to temporarily resume the emergency services.
A meeting of PMA Balochistan chapter, presided over by provincial chief Dr Sultan Tareen, decided that emergency services in all government and private hospitals would be resumed, while the further course of action was to be decided after 24 hours.
Unknown armed men abducted psychiatrist Dr Ghulam Rasool, just two days after a kidnapped senior surgeon of the same college Dr Din Muhammad Bangalzai had been released.
Major political parties - Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Balochistan National Party (BNP), National Party (NP) and others - condemned the kidnapping of the doctor and asked to the government to recover him safely.
So far, no efforts have been made on the part of the government and its machinery to hold negotiations with the protesting doctors, seeking an end to their protest strike.
Police and other investigation agencies were completely blank on the incident of kidnapping and the media had not been informed about any progress made for safe and early recovery of Kakar.